Shorty Awards Nominees Include Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Bell, Leslie Jones (Exclusive)

6:00 AM 1/17/2017

by Ashley Lee

Leonardo DiCaprio, Ashley Graham, Jesse Williams, Aziz Ansari, Simone Biles, Shailene Woodley and Al Roker are also among this year's nominees.

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Nominees for the 9th annual Shorty Awards — highlighting the best content across the social media landscape including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, Vine and Periscope, among other platforms — are officially out, with Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Bell, Leslie Jones, Ariana Grande, Mara Wilson, Al Roker, Simone Biles and Aziz Ansari among this year's notables.

Additionally, the TV shows with noteworthy social content for the year include Broad City, Gilmore Girls, Narcos, Orange is the New Black, Stranger Things, Westworld and Mr. Robot, among others. Leonardo DiCaprio, Ashley Graham, Jesse Williams and Shailene Woodley are included in the activism category, and Beyonce, Kate McKinnon and Barack Obama are the subjects of some of the GIF of the Year nominees.

This year's awards also includes new categories like Muser of the Year (refers to influencers), Breakout YouTuber, Vlogger of the Year, House & Home and Twitch Streamer of the Year.

Founded and produced by Sawhorse Media, the Shorty Awards will be held in April in New York City and will be available via live stream at Finalists in each category — recognizing content for sports, journalism, fashion, humor and more — are determined by rankings from The Real Time Academy (, as well as votes from fans via social media. Users can vote once per day per influencer on the Shorty Awards website and share their vote on Twitter and Facebook through the site for an additional vote per social network, per day, per influencer, until voting closes on Feb. 16.

  • Actor

    Aziz Ansari
    John Boyega
    Sam Clafin
    Jesse Tyler Ferguson
    Samuel L. Jackson
    Colton Haynes
    Chris Hemsworth
    Gaten Matarazzo
    Kumail Nanjiani
    Channing Tatum
    Cole Sprouse
    Ryan Reynolds

  • Actress

    Kristen Bell
    Cynthia Erivo
    Viola Davis
    Skai Jackson
    Brie Larson
    Shay Mitchell
    Mandy Moore
    Emily Osment
    Issa Rae
    Gina Rodriguez
    Gabrielle Union
    Allison Williams

  • Celebrity

    Lady Gaga
    Chelsea Handler
    Paris Hilton
    Kate Hudson
    Kylie Jenner
    Lin-Manuel Miranda
    Shaquille O'Neal
    Spencer Pratt
    Joanne The Scammer
    Chrissy Teigen

  • Comedy

    Demi Adejuyigbe
    Samantha Bee
    Mike Birbiglia
    Sage Boggs
    Elijah Daniel & Christine Sydelko
    Leslie Jones
    The Lonely Island
    Chelsea Peretti
    Bob Saget
    Sarah Silverman
    jomny sun
    George Wallace

  • Dance

    1 Million Dance Studio
    WilldaBeast Adams
    ballerina project
    Lauren Froderman
    Parris Goebel
    Taylor Hatala
    Tim Milgram
    Matt Steffanina
    Darian Volkova
    Ballet Zaida
    Maddie Ziegler

  • Music - Arts & Entertainment

    The 1975
    Chance The Rapper
    Missy Elliott
    Ariana Grande
    Solange Knowles
    Ingrid Michaelson
    Mac Miller
    Britney Spears
    Tegan & Sara
    Twenty One Pilots

  • TV Show

    The Bachelor Nation
    Broad City
    Game of Thrones
    Gilmore Girls
    Jane the Virgin
    Mr. Robot
    Orange is the New Black
    Stranger Things
    Teen Wolf

  • Animal

    Aaron's Animals
    Aspen the Mountain Pup
    Coby the Cat
    Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund
    Geordi La Corgi
    Harlow and Sage
    Jill the Squirrel
    Lionel the Hedgehog
    Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary
    PuiPui the Bunny
    Pumpkin the Raccoon
    Unlikely Friends (Miss Zoe & Mr Bailey)

  • Art

    Gergely Dudas
    Geronimo Balloons
    Hari & Deepti
    Hayden Zezula
    Jessica Hische
    Jessica Walsh
    Nuri Durr
    Parker Day
    Shawna X
    Timmy Ham
    Tuesday Bassen

  • Author

    Caroline Calloway
    Isaac Fitzgerald
    Roxane Gay
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    Maureen Johnson
    Stephen King
    Jessi Klein
    Chuck Klosterman
    Jenny Mollen
    Jeffrey Toobin
    Jennifer Weiner
    Mara Wilson

  • Lifestyle

    The Anna Edit
    Christina Brown - Love Brown Sugar
    Amber Fillerup Clark - Barefoot Blonde
    Adam Gallager - I Am Galla
    Jeanne Grey - Grey Layers
    Carly Heitlinger - The College Prepster
    Isaac Hindin-Miller - Isaac Likes
    Kyle Krieger
    Amelia Liana
    Justin Livingston - Scout Sixteen
    Janelle Marie Lloyd - Wait You Need This
    Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton - Taste The Style

  • House & Home

    Athena Calderone
    Chris Loves Julia
    Coco Kelly
    Design Milk
    Fredrik Eklund
    Grace Bonney - Design Sponge
    Jolie Kerr
    Mr. Kate
    My Paradissi
    Property Brothers
    The House that Lars Built
    The Jungalow

  • Fashion

    Arielle Charnas - Something Navy
    Bryan Yambao - Bryan Boy
    Claire Sulmers - Fashion Bomb Daily
    Danielle Bernstein - We Wore What
    Julie Sarinana - Sincerely Jules
    Marcel Floruss - One Dapper Street
    Margaret Zhang - Shine By Three
    Phil Cohen - thepacman82
    Shiona Turini
    Olivier Rousteing
    Elaine Welteroth
    Winnie Harlow

  • Food

    Breakfast Criminals
    Brothers Green
    Dave Hagerman
    Lady and Pups
    Marcus Samuelsson
    Olga Noskova
    Rene Redzepi
    Symmetry Breakfast
    The Domestic Geek
    Wright Kitchen

  • Health & Wellness

    Black Girl In Om
    Dana Falsetti
    Dr. Andrew Weil
    Hannah Bronfman
    Hello Glow
    McKel Hill / Nutrition Stripped
    My New Roots
    Patrick Beach
    Sophie Gray
    Tara Stiles
    The Body Coach TV

  • Instagrammer of the Year

    Casey McPerry
    Celebs on Sandwiches
    Desiree De Leon
    Doug the Pug
    Gray Malin
    Mari Andrew
    Paulo del Valle
    Rafael Mantesso
    Ryan Burke
    Stephen Mcmennamy
    Studio Mucci
    Vickie Liu

  • Journalist

    Tre'vell Anderson
    Michael Ausiello
    Jacqui Cheng
    Lauren Duca
    Murtaza Hussain
    Andrew Kaczynski
    Ezra Klein
    Jorge Ramos
    Al Roker
    Ari Shapiro
    Danyel Smith
    Daniel Victor

  • Meme/Parody Account

    Every Outfit on SATC
    Girl With No Job
    Kirby Jenner
    Taste of Streep
    Versace Tamagotchi
    Your Shitty Family

  • Parenting

    Dad or Alive
    Eh Bee Family
    James Breakwell
    Family Fun Pack
    That Happy Family
    Benny Harlem
    Lauren Jimeson
    Life of Dad
    Nev Schulman & Laura Perlongo
    Harmony & Elliott Smith
    Ilana Wiles

  • Sports

    Simone Biles
    Indi Cowie
    Rickie Fowler
    Jessie Graff
    Richard Jefferson
    Steele Johnson
    Calvyn Justus
    Ibtihaj Muhammad
    Cam Newton
    Hunter Pence
    Michael Phelps
    Jamie Vardy

  • Weird

    Astro Poets
    Bread Face Blog
    Casually Explained
    Hydraulic Press
    Karl From Online
    The Food Surgeon
    Thinkpiece Bot
    Tom Bro Dude
    You Are Dog Now
    You Suck At Cooking

  • Activism

    Ashley Graham
    Bill McKibben
    Dustin Lance Black
    Jazz Jennings
    Jesse WIlliams
    Johnetta Elzie
    Leonardo DiCaprio
    Mariame Kaba
    Peter Tatchell
    Shailene Woodley
    Valeisha Butterfield-Jones
    Zellie Imani

  • Gaming

    Extra Credits
    KYR SP33DY
    The Diamond Minecart
    The Syndicate Project
    YOGSCAST Hannah

  • Periscoper of the Year

    Alex Pettitt
    Bec Boop
    Bree Olson
    Coral Reefer
    Darius Arya
    David Greco
    Ian McLaughlin
    Julia H. Majors
    Lizza Monet Morales

  • Podcast

    2 Dope Queens
    Anna Faris is Unqualified
    Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
    Fresh Air
    Guys We F*****d
    Modern Love
    Reply All
    Revisionist History
    Stuff You Should Know
    TED Radio Hour

  • STEM

    Adam Savage
    Bill Nye
    Dr. Sandra Lee (aka Dr. Pimple Popper)
    Elon Musk
    Hope Jahren
    Life Noggin
    Mind Your Decisions
    Simone Giertz
    Tim Peake
    Unbox Therapy

  • Twitch Streamer of the Year

    Bob Ross
    Matt McKnight (LethalFrag)

  • Vlogger of the Year

    Ben Brown
    David Dobrik
    Erik Conover
    Fun For Louis
    Jon Olsson
    Julien Solomita
    Monica Church
    Sam Sheffer
    Sara Dietschy
    Shannxo Vlogs
    The Gabbie Vlogs

  • LGBTQ+ YouTube Channel

    Ari Fitz
    Arielle Scarcella
    Ash Hardell
    Bria and Chrissy
    Davey Wavey
    Kat Blaque
    MarkE Miller
    RJ Aguilar & Will Shepherd
    Shannon Beveridge
    Skylar Kergil
    Stevie Boebi
    The Gay Women Channel

  • Web Series presented by Watchable

    Camp Unplug
    Electra Woman & Dyna Girl
    Girl on Girl with Hannah Witton
    Jus & Wahlid at Coachella
    NSFW: A Vine Series
    Pants Off with Laci Green
    Scare PewDiePie
    Style Code Live
    The Skinny
    The Tyler Oakley Show

  • YouTube Comedian

    Akilah Hughes
    Andrew Lowe
    Ben J. Pierce
    Bree Essrig
    Chris Klemens
    Drew Monson
    Jessi Smiles
    Nathan Zed
    Nikki Limo
    Sarah Baska
    Thomas Sanders
    Timothy DeLaGhetto

  • YouTube Ensemble

    Aspyn + Parker
    Boyce Avenue ft. Sarah Hyland
    Carly and Erin
    Desi Perkins & Lustrelux
    Dirty 30
    Just Between Us
    Jenna & Julien
    Matt Steffanina & D-Trix
    What's Inside?

  • YouTube Guru

    Carli Bybel
    J Kissa Makeup
    Jackie Aina
    Jaclyn Hill
    Jaleesa Moses
    Jeffree Star
    Linda Hallberg
    Made U Look by Lex
    Miss Fame
    Nikkie Tutorials
    Raye Boyce

  • YouTube Musician

    Andrew Huang
    Dodie Clark
    Evynne Hollens
    Josh Levi
    Meghan Tonjes
    Rebecca Black
    Rob Scallon
    Tiffany Alvord
    Todrick Hall
    Trevor Moran

  • Breakout YouTuber

    Adrian Bliss
    Alexa Losey
    Alexis G. Zall
    Brendan Jordan
    Bretman Rock
    Evelyn From The Internets
    James Charles
    Mikey Murphy
    Morgan Hanbery
    Ozzy Man Reviews
    Savannah Brown

  • Muser of the Year

    Ariana Renee
    Ashley Santangelo
    Baby Ariel
    Dani and Deven
    Gangsta Grandma
    Jacob Sartorius
    Lauren Godwin
    Lisa and Lena
    Loren Gray
    Mackenzie Davis
    Max and Harvey

  • Snapchatter of the Year

    Evan Garber
    Ani Acopian
    Karen X. Chen
    Dave Keystone
    Gregory Littley
    Lauren Giraldo
    Matt Fogarty
    Mike Platco
    Rasmus Kolbe
    Women In Tech

  • Viner of the Year

    Aaron Chewning
    Casey Frey
    chloe lmao
    Clayton Farris
    Kenny Knox
    Manon Mathews
    Matt Post
    Sarah Schauer
    Senan Byrne

  • YouTuber of the Year

    Colleen Ballinger
    Gigi Gorgeous
    Jenn McAllister
    Jenna Marbles
    Jon Cozart
    Lilly Singh
    Liza Koshy
    Philip DeFranco
    Ryan Higa

  • YouNower of the Year

    Anthony Gargiula
    Brent Morgan
    Caitlin Bell
    Evie Yannakidis
    Got Damn Zo
    Joel and Monica
    Ruba Wilson
    Zach Clayton

  • Emoji of the Year presented by Watchable

    Black Heart
    Eye Roll
    Let's Take a Selfie
    Middle Finger
    Money Hungry
    The Hugger
    The Thinker
    Upside-Down Smiley
    Water Gun

  • GIF of the Year presented by Watchable

    Beyonce Lemonade
    Crying Jordan
    I Have Arrived
    Kate McKinnon Smoking
    Kermit Vs. Kermit
    Mr. Peanut's Dab
    Obama Mic Drop
    Queen Elizabeth Scolds Prince William
    Searching for Nuts in All the Wrong Places
    Spiralling Global Temperatures
    Travoltamon Go
    Well Yikes

  • Instagram of the Year presented by Watchable

    Beyonce and Blue
    Happy Place From A Drone
    How to Stop Time
    Jaden & Willow at the Met Ball
    On the 4th of July, We Match
    Pottery + Music
    Same But Different
    Te Amo
    That Kim Photo
    Try Not to Fall
    You're the Spark

  • Tumblr Blog of the Year presented by Watchable

  • Vine of the Year

    Carne A Suh Dude
    Every 2000's High School Movie
    Hemtube's Household Chores
    Off to See Uncle Kracker
    Still Spongebob AF
    The Laughing Fox
    Two Magnificent Rottweilers
    What Really Happened
    When You Find Your Soulmate
    When You're the Main Character tho
    You Make My Dreams Come True